Recent changes to NMSU’s policy on international travel (Policy 2.69.1) will allow NMSU to better assist faculty, staff, and students respond quickly to changing conditions abroad and will better inform and prepare travelers prior to their trip.
The new policy requires that all faculty, staff, and students traveling on NMSU business to a foreign country have prior approval from their supervisor or travel sponsor and from the Dean of International and Border Programs. No reimbursements for international travel will be issued without this form, which should be completed 20 days prior to travel.
Travel to countries for which the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning is a special concern. Travel by faculty and staff is permitted, but travelers must sign a waiver indicating they are aware of the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. Travel for students to such areas will not be permitted. Mexico is currently under a Travel Warning from the State Department.
Travel Warnings are issued by the State Department when “long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable…. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.”
The Office of International and Border Programs also recommends that international travelers visit the Campus Health Center prior to departure. The Health Center tracks items such as vaccinations that are recommended for travel throughout the world.